Thursday, February 18, 2010

Italian Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs are absolutely divine! Be prepared though. It makes an enormous amount of food. There was no possible way the 3 of us could eat it all before having to dispose of it. It would be perfect for a larger family get-together. Adding more crushed tomatoes and seasonings would stretch it even farther.

Italian Turkey Meatballs

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
salt and pepper
2 - 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried oregano ( I used more than this)
1 lb lean ground turkey
2 lb turkey sausage, casings removed, crumbled
1 1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
3/4 cup grated parmesan
2 large eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Warm olive oil in pan over medium heat. Add half of garlic. Saute about 30 seconds. Scape into slow-cooker. Add salt, tomatoes, and oregano. Stir to combine.
In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, turkey sausage, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, parsley, remaining garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. (I also added oregano to the mixture) Use your fingers to blend all ingredients together. Do not overmix. Form mixture into 2 inch balls and place in slow-cooker. Spoon tomato mixture over meatballs to cover. Cover, and cook on low for 4 - 5 hours, until meatballs are cooked through. Serves 8.

Per Serving:

Calories:397
Fat:10
Carbs:23
Protein:32



NOTE: For RNYers...one serving of this is probably twice as much as we can manage so you will find half a serving sufficient and can half the nutritional stats.

This recipe was slightly modified from ALL YOU'S Eat Well, Save Big cookbook. I served these over some whole wheat egg noodles. This was a big hit at our house.

Karen

Coffee-Brined Chicken Drumsticks

These turned out to be the most wonderfully flavored chicken legs I've ever had. It is very mild and subtle but utterly delicious. I was very surprised because I am absolutely not a coffee person, but I've always loved the smell of brewing coffee. These were a hit with the boys too and I will definitely be making them again.

Coffee-Brined Chicken Drumsticks

1 1/2 cups strongly brewed coffee
1/4 cup salt
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 cinnamon stick or 1 tsp ground cinnamon
8 chicken drumsticks
2 cups water

In a large bowl, stir together water, coffee, salt, and sugar until the dry ingredients are completely dissolved. Add chili powder, red pepper, garlic and cinnamon and stir well. Add the chicken pieces and cover with an overturned plate to keep the chicken submerged. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. (I left it for most of the day.) Preheat broiler to highest heat. Place oven rack 6-8 inches from heat source. Remove chicken pieces from brine and place on broiler pan. Discard brine. Broil drumsticks for 10 minutes on each side, until browned. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 10 more minutes, in center of oven. Check for doneness. Add 5 more minutes baking time if necessary. Serve hot. Serves 4.

Per Serving:

Calories:289
Fat:13
Carbs:12
Protein: 29


This recipe was modified from ALL YOU'S Eat Well, Save Big cookbook.

I served this with baked red potatoes and steamed whole green beans.

Karen